Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe Nightlife

From brewpubs, sports bars, and coffeehouses to dance clubs, mega-concerts, and country venues, the Valley of the Sun offers nightlife of all types. Nightclubs, comedy clubs, upscale lounges, and wine bars abound in Downtown Phoenix, along Camelback Road in North Central Phoenix, and in Scottsdale and Tempe.

Among music and dancing styles, country-and-western has the longest tradition here.

Jazz venues, rock clubs, and hotel lounges are also numerous and varied. Phoenix continues to get hipper and more cosmopolitan, so behind the bar you're just as likely to find a mixologist as a bartender. There are also more than 30 gay and lesbian bars, primarily on 7th Avenue, 7th Street, and the stretch of Camelback Road between the two.

You can find listings and reviews in the New Times free weekly newspaper, distributed Wednesday, or in the Arizona Republic, also online at www.azcentral.com, the paper's website. The local gay scene is covered in Echo Magazine, www.echomag.com, which you can pick up all over town.

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The Comedy Spot

  • Comedy Clubs

Catch local and national stand-up talent at this venue. They also offer an open mic night for amateur comedians the last Sunday of each...

The Monastery

  • Bars/Pubs

Grill your own burgers and nosh on picnic food at this casual beer and wine pub. You can also play horseshoes, chess, or volleyball.

The Rose & Crown

  • Bars/Pubs

Next to two of the Valley's major sports complexes and inside a historic home, The Rose & Crown serves hearty, traditional, English...

The Tempe Improv

  • Comedy Clubs

Part of a national chain, The Tempe Improv showcases better-known headliners from Thursday to Sunday. Get here early for good seats.

Bomberos Caf & Wine Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

Set in a former firehouse, this little neighborhood ember burns bright with its pleasant outdoor patio, delectable paninis and bruschetta,...

Paisley Violin European Cafe

  • Cafes–Nightlife

This is a good place to start and finish visiting art galleries on First Fridays. Paisley Violin European Cafe is an offbeat, beatnik...

Greasewood Flat

  • Bars/Pubs

It's not fancy; in fact, it's downright ramshackle, but Greasewood Flat's burgers are delicious and the crowds friendly. There's a dance...

Axis/Radius

  • Dance Clubs

This spot is the dress-to-impress locale where you can party at side-by-side clubs connected by a glass catwalk. ...

Myst NightClub

  • Dance Clubs

This is an ultraswanky dance club where you can sip cocktails in a sunken lounge or hang out at the white-hot Powder Bar adorned with...

Amsterdam

  • Bars/Pubs

This bar attracts a young crowd that wants to see and be seen; it's where Phoenix's beautiful gay people hang out. ...

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